In the classic tale of boy/girl builds car only to get tired of it after/during the build process and instead, turns to selling it off, this is one story where that original builder doesn’t walk off into the sunset with a happy ending (and a fist full of cash). No, there are no rub and tugs to speak of here, but rather, a car for Bryant Dickman to pick up the pieces where they were un-righteously left off. To right what went wrong and save ‘the end’ for another day; save the world even. This STI was once a labor of love for another soul, on its way to becoming pretty “bad ass” as a full race car. But it’s that fateful loss of interest that kicked in. Why, we’ll never know. What matters more is that Bryant was willing to ditch a Mitsubishi Evo project in order to fund this one. Surely this a story worth hearing…and one we’ll tell.
Out in the middle of quiet suburbia, and in this case, a town you’ve probably never heard of that goes by the name of South Jordan in Utah, Bryant was just another guy with a Mitsubishi Evolution in his care. It was stock but he wanted what we all set out on a fellowship for: the quest for more power. His eyes, much like the Great Eye of Sauron and the Ring, were fixated mostly on a bigger turbo upgrade but word quickly traveled about a friend through six degrees of separation who had just put an unworldly STI up on the used market. The cage had just been finished and as we said before, the owner had just grown tired of it. Bryant, though he originally just wanted parts for the Evo, now had the motivation to go and take a look at this STI. “After I went to go check out the car, I knew I wanted it, even though my friends kept trying to talk me out of it,” he says. The next thing Bryant knew, the STI was all his.
Over the past year of owning the car, Bryant had to deal with more than his fair share of problems—there were a lot. Since the previous owner gutted the car down to a shell to weld the cage in, when they went to put some of it back together, it was, as Bryant says, “just that—some.” He spent most of his time tracking down missing parts at junkyards or online, just so he could bring it back to “more of a daily that can still be driven to the track for fun, then back home without a trailer.” He tells us he spent the days leading up to our photoshoot putting the heater back in and getting it registered for street use. Bryant adds, “I still have a long list of little things I want to fix but I can only take it one step at a time.”
Bryant has gone through a couple different wheel setups but eventually settled on this nice set of black 18" Volk CE28Ns that are 10.5" wide, filling the Karlton fender flares perfectly—a move he decided on after not being especially thrilled with pulled fenders and skinny tires on wheels that wide. He plans to widen the chassis eventually with an all-metal body kit—more than likely after he comes into some much needed funds, but digs the current look for now. “People might think that 315s are just too much tire for a car that has such little engine mods,” Bryant says. “But since it’s so gutted, the lightweight combined with an engine that’s powerful in stock form still pulls really hard.” And when he says light engine mods, he isn’t kidding—just a Turbo XS titanium exhaust and an APS header is all he’s had a chance to install so far. On the flipside, the car is dialed when we’re talking suspension setup: TEIN coilovers, proper bracing (and the aforementioned rollcage) and bushing upgrades means this car will be just as menacing on the track as it is when it’s off-duty on the streets. And while it’s still suspended in a state of minimalism, the interior sports a lot of sought-after motorsports gear, like Bride seats, Takata harnesses and a deep-dished OMP steering wheel affixed to a Splash short hub/Works Bell quick-release combo.
Bryant’s STI is far from a high-horsepowered beast that you’re used to seeing on the covers of Super Street, but this is one car that’s achievable by all real world standards. Streetable, yet designed to take on the rigors of racing— what a beautiful way to set your ride up. However, the story doesn’t end here, at least, not for Bryant. It will be entirely up to him to decide what kind of happy ending his “Snow White” receives. He says, “In the end, I just want to test and tune to dial it all in—and just have a blast.”